Founded in 1998, Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is also co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of more than 85,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, receives the largest share (44%) of Divine’s distributable profits. This gives the farmers more economic stability, as well as the increased influence in the cocoa industry itself.
Divine Chocolate is a mission-driven business. The mission is to grow a successful global farmer-owned chocolate company using the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage while also bringing people together to create dignified trading relations, thereby empowering producers and consumers.
As well as trading with Divine Chocolate on Fairtrade terms, ensuring the Fairtrade minimum price for cocoa and the Fairtrade premium per metric ton, Kuapa Kokoo also receives two additional income streams: the share of distributed profits (through co-ownership) and the Producer Support and Development Fund (PS&D). To date, over $1.3 million has been invested in PS&D – finance that is directed specifically towards chosen projects co-managed by Kuapa Kokoo and Twin Trading. The projects are aimed particularly at the empowerment of women, maintaining good governance, and testing different farming techniques – and also include adult literacy and numeracy programs and a model farm project.
Kuapa Kokoo has prioritized equal participation and access for female farmers since its inception. Women members of Kuapa Kokoo have access to programs that teach a range of income-generating skills. Most recently, in response to research showing that low levels of literacy and numeracy amongst Kuapa’s female membership were acting as a barrier to women, Kuapa Kokoo initiated a pilot of basic literacy and numeracy classes for women members in order to facilitate their participation and encourage higher levels of leadership in the co-operative.
Through its sourcing of ingredients, Divine also has a worldwide reach. In addition to the Fairtrade cocoa that originates from Ghana, Divine sources Fairtrade mangos from Association TON in Burkina Faso, Fairtrade vanilla from Madagascar, Fairtrade coconut from SOFA farmers association in Sri Lanka, Fairtrade almonds from Mountain Fruits Farmers Association in Pakistan, and Fairtrade sugar from Kasinthula Cane Growers Association in Malawi.
Divine Chocolate has offices in the UK and the US. Divine is sold in the US, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.
By supporting Divine Chocolate, consumers join us in our efforts to make the world a place where chocolate is cherished by everyone, including the family farmers who grow the cocoa.
Location: Washington, DC - N/A District
U.S. Employees: 9
Exports to Other Countries: No
Divine Chocolate is known for its wide variety of chocolate flavors.